Lufthansa AIRail: the perfect combination of train and plane
Travel conveniently from the centre of Cologne (via Siegburg/Bonn), Dusseldorf (from 1 July 2013) or Stuttgart on the ICE (Inter-City Express) to Frankfurt Airport, or in the opposite direction, and enjoy the comprehensive benefits of Lufthansa AIRail services. The perfectly timed coordination of the trains with Lufthansa flights means that transfer times between train and plane are minimal. You can also comfortably catch early intercontinental flights thanks to your AIRail train service.
When you start your journey on an AIRail train, you can check in for both the train journey and the connecting flight in advance and simply take your baggage with you onto your AIRail train. So on arrival at Frankfurt’s mainline station and after checking in your baggage at the AIRail terminal, you can proceed directly through security to your departure gate.
If your AIRail journey ends in Cologne, Stuttgart or Dusseldorf, then after your flight has landed in Frankfurt go directly to the AIRail terminal, where you can collect your baggage from the exclusive AIRail baggage reclaim and take it through customs. You then simply take your baggage with you on to your AIRail train.
For AIRail passengers arriving from Cologne and Stuttgart, there is a free porter service at Frankfurt to help them carry their bags between the platforms and the AIRail terminal. This exclusive service is also available to AIRail passengers at Cologne.
The train to the plane – now also available from/to Dusseldorf Central Station
From 1 July 2013 Lufthansa will be expanding its AIRail service to Dusseldorf. Departing from Dusseldorf Central Station you can arrive in Frankfurt in only 72 minutes and from there take off to anywhere in the world!
For this route too, please issue your boarding pass yourself online, on your mobile or at one of the Lufthansa check-in machines in the DB Travel Centre at Dusseldorf Central Station from as early as 23 hours to no later than 15 minutes before your train is due to depart. Please take your bags with you on to the train and check them in at Frankfurt Airport’s AIRail Terminal, which is located immediately above the mainline station.
On the journey from Frankfurt mainline station to your AIRail destination, simply collect your baggage from the AIRail Terminal on the way to your train. Baggage is not checked through to Cologne, Stuttgart or Dusseldorf.
We would kindly request that passengers with reduced mobility continue to use our flights for the time being as no special assistance is available at Dusseldorf Central Station.
All the important AIRail services at a glance
- Cologne Central Station (via Siegburg/Bonn) - Frankfurt and back
- Stuttgart Central Station - Frankfurt and back
- Dusseldorf Central Station - Frankfurt and back
- Lufthansa boarding pass for AIRail trains as well as for feeder flights/onward flights
- Minimal transfer times between AIRail trains and Lufthansa flights
- Baggage check-in/collection before or after Lufthansa flights in the AIRail terminal at Frankfurt
- AIRail porter service at Cologne Central Station and at Frankfurt mainline station for arriving and departing AIRail trains to Cologne and Stuttgart
- Seat reservation on all AIRail routes and personal assistance from an AIRail guard on the Cologne – Frankfurt route (and vice versa) and the Stuttgart-Frankfurt route (and vice versa)
- A credit of Miles & More miles similar to that given on Lufthansa flights
Easy and convenient booking
AIRail trains are included in both the Lufthansa reservation system and in the worldwide reservation systems as ‘flights’.
You can book the AIRail service at the same time as your Lufthansa flight as a feeder or onward route at your travel agency, in the Lufthansa Call Centre, online or via the Lufthansa mobile portal.
If starting your journey in Siegburg/Bonn, please note the following: for technical reasons you must always specify Cologne as your starting point or destination when making a booking.
Passengers who require special assistance during the AIRail journey should indicate this when booking and have it confirmed so that assistance can be guaranteed.
We regret that at the current time the AIRail service from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt and back does not have suitable facilities for passengers with reduced mobility who, for example, are confined to a wheelchair. You may, of course, continue to use our flights between Dusseldorf and Frankfurt as usual.
Additional information for AIRail – passengers requiring special assistance
Check-in and boarding pass
For your journey on Lufthansa AIRail you will require a boarding pass which you can issue yourself online or via your mobile phone from 23 hours before the departure of your train. If you don’t have the opportunity to do this, there are Lufthansa check-in machines available at Cologne, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf Central Stations at which you can print out your boarding pass up to 15 minutes before your train departs.
AIRail Centre at Cologne Central Station (QKL)
Mon.-Sun.: 05.00-12.00 hrs; 13.00-16.00 hrs; 17.00-20.00 hrs
AIRail Centre at Stuttgart Central Station (ZWS)
Mon.-Sun.: 06.30-11.30 hrs; 12.30-13.30 hrs; 14.30-17.30 hrs
DB Travel Centre at Dusseldorf Central Station (QDU)
Mon.-Fri.: 06:00-22:00 hrs; Sat.+Sun.: 07:00-22:00 hrs
If your journey ends in Cologne, Stuttgart or Dusseldorf, you will already have been checked in for your AIRail train at the airport where you first began your journey. You will then receive your baggage in the Lufthansa AIRail Terminal on your way to the mainline station at Frankfurt Airport.
In addition, the Lufthansa check-in machines at Frankfurt are available for you to use if you have not yet checked in for AIRail trains or Lufthansa flights.
Your Lufthansa boarding pass for the AIRail route replaces your train ticket, which is why it is important that you are in possession of a boarding pass before you start your journey. Should you board the train without a valid boarding pass or use a train that is not shown as an AIRail route, you may incur penalty fares from Deutsche Bahn.
Your boarding pass for the AIRail route is only valid for the train you have booked. Should you have a rebookable ticket, however, you are welcome to check in for an earlier or later AIRail train service.
Important information for passengers from Siegburg/Bonn: please issue your boarding pass up to 15 minutes before your booked AIRail train departs from Cologne’s Central Station online or on your mobile phone. There are no Lufthansa check-in machines at Siegburg/Bonn station.
Baggage regulations for AIRail travel
As an AIRail passenger you are responsible for your baggage during the train journey up to the point at which you check it in at Frankfurt. For this reason please take your baggage on to the train yourself and ideally keep it close to your seat.
For journeys beginning in Cologne, Stuttgart or Dusseldorf, you can simply check in your baggage immediately after arrival at Frankfurt mainline station in the Lufthansa AIRail Terminal (detail view) above the tracks.
If you are travelling to Cologne, Stuttgart or Dusseldorf you can also collect your baggage very conveniently from the Lufthansa AIRail terminal in Frankfurt on the way to your train.
We have summarised the baggage check-in and collection options as well as the baggage check-in deadlines for you here:
|Baggage check-in/collection||Deadline for checking in baggage
|Checking in baggage at Frankfurt
For journeys starting in Stuttgart, Dusseldorf or Cologne
|Counter 11 in the AIRail-Terminal||40 minutes before departure
|Lufthansa baggage drop-off counter in the departure area||Please note the check-in deadlines|
|Check-in counter of the connecting airline in the departure area||Relevant airline’s guidelines
|Baggage reclaim at Frankfurt
For journeys ending in Stuttgart, Dusseldorf or Cologne (Siegburg/Bonn)
|Baggage collection: AIRail-Terminal (view layout)|
Please note: customs clearance may also be necessary
For our AIRail routes to/from Stuttgart and Cologne, the free AIRail porter service is available at Frankfurt and Cologne stations to help you with your bags between the station platform and the AIRail Terminal/Centre as well as with getting on and off the train.
The free baggage allowance for your AIRail journey is shown on your electronic ticket or your booking confirmation.
As a rule, for Lufthansa flights the general baggage regulations apply in respect of hand luggage, as do the Lufthansa free baggage regulations.
For the Lufthansa AIRail service specific AIRail baggage regulations also apply.
The AIRail service
|AIRail service||AIRail passengers in Business Class||AIRail passengers in Economy Class
|Seats||Cologne - Frankfurt: |
Exclusively reserved seats in carriage 21’s panorama lounge, with a special view through the train compartment as well as a bigger seat pitch
Stuttgart - Frankfurt: Specially reserved seats in carriage 14 (1st class) or in the panorama lounge of carriage 21
Dusseldorf - Frankfurt: Specially reserved seats in carriage 29 (1st class) (LH3642 carriage 39, 1st class)
|Cologne - Frankfurt:
Reserved seats in carriage 21
Reserved seats in carriage 5 or carriage 21
Dusseldorf - Frankfurt: Reserved seats in carriage 21 (LH3642 carriage 31)
|On-board service||Cologne - Frankfurt: |
Tray service at your seat
Suttgart - Frankfurt: Voucher for the DB on-board bistro
Dusseldorf - Frankfurt:
As per DB 1st class
|Print media||Cologne - Frankfurt:
Free choice of newspapers and magazines
Stuttgart - Frankfurt:
Free choice of newspapers and magazines
Dusseldorf - Frankfurt:
Free selection of newspapers
|DB Lounge access||Cologne Central Station, Stuttgart Central Station, Dusseldorf Central Station and Frankfurt inter-city mainline station*||No access to DB Lounge|
* AIRail passengers with a valid AIRail Business Class boarding pass for that day of travel (SEN/HON with additional companion)